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Vera Farmiga on W.E., Madonna

And at one point, you were going to be in the Madonna-directed W.E.?

Yes. Madonna and I had met several times. We wanted to embark on that working relationship, and then I got knocked up! My expanding waistline was not gonna cut it. But it was nice to shoot the shit with Madonna.

Village Voice

Madonna and Beau Pick Unlikely Vacation Spot

St. Tropez and Cannes are usually what come to mind as celebrity getaways on the French Riviera. But Guéthary?

Well, apparently it’s good enough for Madonna.

The little ocean village on the south Atlantic coast – pop. barely more than 1,600 – is frequently wet even in summer, yet this is where the pop priestess, who just turned 53, and her 24-year old dancer boyfriend Brahim Zaibat have been seen vacationing since Tuesday evening, when they flew into nearby Biarritz from London.

On Wednesday, dressed in matching black exercise gear, the couple were photographed on mountain bikes around the village’s cycling paths before joining up with Madonna’s daughter Lourdes, 14, at a beach close to the village port.

Mother and daughter then went largely unrecognized while browsing among the seafront vendors.

Local sources indicate that the singer has rented a vacation home with pool and gardens, with the plan to stay for two weeks. And, according to a spokesperson in the local Tourist Office, “Everyone in town is asking themselves: ‘Why?’ ”

“We have three hotels, six small restaurants and no nightclub,” he says. “We’re known for our three surfing beaches, but besides from that there’s nothing. Only reason she would come here for … is … is the quiet.”

People Magazine

Noel Gallagher: I Wanted Madonna To Sing Track Off My New Album

Noel Gallagher has revealed that he originally wanted to give a song that appears on his forthcoming album to Madonna.

The track, ‘AKA…What A Life’, a dance song, is one of the highlights of the former Oasis guitarist’s debut solo album, ‘Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds’.

In an interview with The Sun, Gallagher said he considered giving the song to Madonna initially, but that his wife Sara MacDonald advised him against it.

“It was very acid house to begin with and so I was thinking of giving it to someone,” Gallagher said.

“I thought about Madonna then Sara said, ‘Don’t be daft, Madonna won’t sing it. When are you likely to see Madonna?’ So that spoiled it.”

Gallagher also revealed that he asked Fatboy Slim to remix the song but he turned it down because he couldn’t do anything to the song.

“The song’s easily up there with the best things I’ve ever done,” Gallagher added.


Madonna partners with Smirnoff Co.

World’s No. 1 Female Artist Joins the World’s No. 1 Vodka in Search for the Most Original Nightlife in the Universe

17th August 2011: The Smirnoff Co. today launches the next Smirnoff Nightlife Exchange Project with the audacious goal of getting 10 million people to discover, share and swap the most original nightlife experiences in 50 countries. The Smirnoff Nightlife Exchange Project is an ambitious attempt to discover the world’s most unique and interesting nightlife, culminating in one-of-a-kind experiences on the same night all over the world. This year, Madonna joins the Smirnoff Nightlife Exchange Project to find the best dancer to join her next tour.

Revellers worldwide are invited to co-create and participate in the Smirnoff Nightlife Exchange Project by contributing ideas on what makes their local nightlife distinct in the categories of drinks, dance, fashion, music, places, and more creating a nightlife cocktail of unique events. The most inspiring suggestions from each region will be captured online and then exchanged with another country in November. By participating online, fans will have the chance to win a place at one of the global events or experience another country’s party at a Smirnoff Nightlife Exchange Project event in their own city. Go to or to find out more.

One of the consistent aspects in nightlife culture around the world is the importance of dance. As well as submitting ideas on what makes their country’s nightlife special, fans can enter an exclusive dance competition online. Madonna will attend one of the selected Smirnoff Nightlife Exchange Project experiences where finalists will compete in front of her for the winning spot. The winner may get the opportunity to join Madonna on her next tour as one of her dancers.

“What attracted me to the Smirnoff Nightlife Exchange Project is the combination of participating in the celebration of nightlife around the world and the opportunity to discover the world’s best unknown dancers,” said Madonna. “The best dancers are always in the clubs looking for the most original experience, just like Smirnoff is doing.”

The Smirnoff Nightlife Exchange Project strives to showcase, mix and unite the world through unique nightlife and as such the best dancers from around the world will be highlighted for their own style and flair. The submission process for the dance competition begins today and runs until October 10th. To enter, hopefuls must submit a 60-second dance video. For details on the dance submission process and terms and conditions, visit or

Simon Burch, Global Brand Director for The Smirnoff Co., said, “Smirnoff mixes original nightlife from around the world and gives everyone the chance to be there through extraordinary, one-of-a-kind experiences. Who better to decide the best in the dance category than Madonna herself?”

As the world’s number one vodka, The Smirnoff Co. has been at the heart of nightlife culture for generations and now hosts the world’s biggest spirits community on Facebook with people participating in The Smirnoff Co. events, commenting and sharing information on nightlife around the world.

The 50 countries participating in the Smirnoff Nightlife Exchange Project include: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Dominican Republic, Dubai, Ecuador, El Salvador, Germany, Ghana, Great Britain, Greece, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Romania, Serbia, South Africa, South Korea, Thailand, Trinidad, Turkey, Uruguay, United States, Venezuela and Vietnam.

The Smirnoff Nightlife Exchange Project, including the exclusive dance competition, is the first component of a multi-faceted agreement between Madonna and her partner Live Nation and Diageo, the parent company of The Smirnoff Co. More details to be released in the coming months. For updates on Madonna, please visit

Andy Butler talks Madonna

…that rebellious spirit stuck, and Butler remains active on the vanguard of gay politics. But of the music of a certain other gay rights advocate, he says: “What is the first thing to come out of a baby’s mouth? ‘Gaga.’ And what is it but children’s music? It’s middle-aged gay men dancing around to music for 11-year-old girls.” Madonna, he says, had more about her, but he thinks she’s lost touch a bit herself. His advice? “She needs to make an age-appropriate record that still appeals to young people. There should be no rapping on it. She should acknowledge the people that grew up with her, but she needs to hook them back in. Deep house is having a revival. Why doesn’t she do a deep-house track? But a sophisticated, subtle deep-house track. I could help her with that.”

Andy Butler (Hercules and Love Affair) for Out Magazine